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Flags along Main Street in Ferndale to take on new meaning

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Ferndale Kiwanis line Ferndale streets with 150 American flags on federal holidays (July 4, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — On each of the 11 federal holidays for almost 40 years, Ferndale Kiwanis members and other volunteers head out early in the morning and install approximately 150 American flags line on both sides of Main Street.

Beginning with Veteran’s Day this year, there will be new meaning to some of the flags according to Kiwanis President Kathy Young.

This Thursday, November 11th and Veteran’s Day, the family of a Marine who passed away in May will honor him with a new American flag with a memorial plaque attached to the staff.

“This new program allows us to individually honor our veterans. People walking down Main Street can read the plaques, seek out a loved one’s name and take a moment to reflect and remember our local veterans,” Young told Whatcom News.

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A ceremony with local Boy Scouts and United States Marine Corps representatives will be held Thursday about 1:45pm at the Centennial Riverwalk Park flag pole followed by a sidewalk parade to 2nd Avenue and Main Street at 2pm where the flag will be placed.

This special flag will continue to be placed on Main Street during future federal holidays.

Young said anyone who is interested is asked to email her at organizerkathy@yahoo.com. There is a suggested donation of $100 to cover costs.

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